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Lee Pace And His Eyebrows Will Probably Be the Villain in Guardians of the Galaxy


Back in the early days of Guardians of the Galaxy casting, when everybody and their brother was rumored to be up for the role of Star-Lord, Lee Pace was one of the actors who definitely auditioned for the part. Though the role eventually went to Chris Pratt, director James Gunn must’ve really liked Pace (as he should), because now the actor is reportedly in “final negotiations” to play the villain.

To get exceedingly superficial for a moment: Tom Hiddleston, you might be getting some competition in the Most Attractive Marvel Villain department.

There’s no official word yet on the identity of the villain, but Latino Review says that it’s The Controller, real name Basil Sandhurst, who in the film will serve as Thanos’ “main henchman and ambassador.” (But will Thanos be in the film, or are they holding onto him until The Avengers 2? We just don’t know.)

Among The Controller’s comicverse supervillain characteristics are:

  • He wears an armored exoskeleton.
  • Superhuman strength and endurance.
  • Mind control, increased when the subject is “weak-willed.”
  • He can fire “mental bolts of force” from his helmet and gets around using boot jets.

That last one sounds a wee bit corny, but who knows if they’ll keep that for the movie, if he is indeed the villain.

Whoever the villain is, I count the (likely) Pace casting as really good news. From Pushing Daisies to The Fall to Lincoln, dude’s a great actor, though he usually plays good guys. (His racist senator in Lincoln being the main exception. And I can think of one good guy he’s played who has the air of a jerkwad around him. Thranduil.)

(via: /Film)

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  • Anonymous

    I thought he might be Michael Korvac.

  • http://chocolateandcreamcake.blogspot.com/ Mandy Curtis

    “To get exceedingly superficial for a moment: Tom Hiddleston, you might be getting some competition in the Most Attractive Marvel Villain department.”

    #CONFLICTEDEMOTIONS

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, if you have a character with the crazy eyebrows of The Controller, you need an actor with brows that could sustain the pressure.
    You think he’ll do that tilty-heady thing at some point?

  • Anonymous

    I am the biggest Lee Pace fan. I say it with conviction.
    I am the biggest Marvel fan. I say this with just as much conviction.
    The universe has smiled upon me and mine this day.

  • Betty Windsor

    YES. Because of the audacity at which one should speak to him. I can see it so clearly.

  • http://twitter.com/MisfitsTamara Tamara Brooks

    I was thinking that too since he also ties into the Avengers and in a bit of a bigger way than the Controller from what I know.

  • http://twitter.com/MisfitsTamara Tamara Brooks

    I miss Wonderfalls. *wistful sigh*

    But I digress. GotG is shaping up very interestingly and I appreciate that Marvel is really “going there” with the cosmic angle. My hope is to see Richard Ryder (Nova) at some point (New Warriors was my jam as a kid so I have a soft spot for him) and that we’ll get a Mar’Vell cameo so he can appear hurt in Avengers 2 and pass his powers to Carol Danvers. :)

  • Anonymous

    The Controller is C-list Iron Man foe who met Thanos once. We’ve already seen an ambassador of Thanos control people’s minds with Loki & his spear in The Avengers. The Controller looks like a palatte-swapped version of Thanos. He’s most remembered for Captain America’s shield making a “WANK!” sound when it hit him. They need to completely overhaul him if he’s going to be interesting in any way, so why even bother choosing the Controller as Thanos’s top lackey?

  • Anonymous

    I love, love love LOVE Lee Pace, he is a brilliant actor. But I wish he would not just get offered villain roles, as he seems to be lately. I am conflicted because I am so glad he is getting bigger parts in movies, but I don’t feel his sweet spot is villainy. He should be playing leading men, sure, he can play someone with a dark streak, (see The Fall) but not full on baddies.

  • Anonymous

    More Lee Pace for everyone!